Fall is here and our front door here at the farm needed some kind of seasonal decoration.
I like to incorporate verbal welcome types signs but sometimes it’s good to create something that sort of speaks for itself.
Since I had pumpkins on the brain and a lot of scrap wood, it made sense to head to the workshop and see what I could come up with.
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Supplies were all recycled materials
- Scrape wood from wood pile
- Saw and drill
- Staple Gun
- Burlap Green Chevron Ribbon and green raffia
- orange spray paint
I used one 8 foot 2 x 3 board and cut it into five pieces as seen in the photo on your left. There are no specific measurements because you should make this to your liking.
Next I went ahead and sanded each board, then laid the boards flat, side by side beginning with the tallest in the middle.
Connect the boards together from the back side using scrap wood and 10 screws.
Remember to be careful and drill slow because if you’re not holding the base the boards will spin during connection.
Continue with Drilling
Now drill one hole on each side of the top end boards.
This is where you will eventually add a wire hanger; you might have to touch up with sand paper after drilling.
Painting is always fun
It’s time to spray paint next, do this outdoors because it smells awful and it will dry faster.
One coat is plenty; I used a gloss finish allowing for a pop factor that we can tone down with a little sand paper once it’s dry.
Sanding over the paint is a personal choice, I like a little of the under wood to show but if it’s not to your liking then skip that step.
You could also use chalk paint for this or even finish with a dry brush technique.
Adding the wire Hanger
I used a double twisted wire for the hanger. This was left over from a farm project and can be pretty difficult to work with so you may want to substitute with a lighter wire or even rope.
There is really no technique to applying the wire, but you will need a little muscle because working with wire this heavy can be difficult.
I recommend wearing gloves during this addition as it will give you a stronger grip to move the wire in the direction you desire.
You might want to scroll up to the first picture to see how I twisted mine; I love the twists and circular motion this wire offers.
This project would also make a great workshop. Have you ever thought about taking your crafting skills and turning them into a class? I did this for several years and it was alot of fun to watch others put their own creative spin on one of my designs.
So I decided to write a book to teach others how to establish their own workshop where they live. You can learn how to turn your craft or skill into a successful workshop right where you live. Discover more about Make and Take Workshops here.
Finally I finished with burlap ribbon and green raffia using a staple gun; I love this technique. You could finish this project so many different ways; the important thing is to have fun and get creative.
This was a fun project perfect for the front door to enjoy all the way up through thanksgiving.